Reviewed by Alicia Glass
Studio: Paramount Pictures
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Review Rating: 8
A salvage crew encounters horror when they’re sent to retake the Event Horizon, a ship with black hole technology that disappeared during the first test years ago.
I know, normally this would seem like a much more Sci-Fi pick, rather than horror right? Space-ships, black hole technology, zero-gravity fires, all that jazz. I would qualify the film as both, and there are many bonuses sprinkled throughout to enjoy too. Sam Neil for example, plays the ships inventor and amused hellion, Dr. William Weir. And then there’s Laurence Fishburne, long before The Matrix, as the Lewis and Clark’s captain Miller, giving grand speeches and being in general awesome. Kathleen Quinlan is a crewmate, she tries so hard. Richard T. Jones, star of lots of tv shows and movies, gets the best one-liners as Cooper. Jason Isaacs, you know, Daddy Malfoy, is ship’s doctor D.J. and boy does he get a raw deal. And there’s Jack Noseworthy and Joely Richardson too. The cast certainly helps make the movie entirely memorable, the script started out solid anyway, and the actors deliver a very fine performance.
So the year is 2047, and the Lewis and Clark has been sent out to salvage the return of the Event Horizon, a ship boasting new travel capabilities that was lost years ago when they attempted the first jump using the new gravity drive. Going over to the Event Horizon proves traumatic, considering the crew is not only dead but frozen dead and in some cases decorating the walls. Then there’s the ghosts and horrible visions and actions that start getting visited on people, and soon madness engulfs the crew of the Lewis and Clark as everyone begs the question, “Where did the Event Horizon go?” I don’t want to give spoilers away, but the nightmarish feel of Event Horizon starts right away in the film, and if you can’t guess who the bad turns out to be, you haven’t been paying enough attention. Regardless, the cast is more than seasoned enough to pull it off, and I really enjoy the climactic scene between Captain Miller and the Bad Guy anyway. For the first Day of 31 Days of Halloween, we’re all going to Hell!